Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Power of Camaraderie

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

As a member of an infantry squad I became a pretty tight with the other guys in the unit. We ate together, lived in the barracks, cleaned the latrine, told war stories, buffed the floors, went to the field, did PT, got chewed out, everything we did was together. Although at times it was a strain, being together made us a better unit. We knew each other and we took care of one another. The dynamics for creating community haven’t changed. Look at the early church. Although they were a part of a larger congregation, they also spent a lot of time together in smaller groups. Hanging out in one another’s homes, eating together, studying the Bible, and praying together. It was good for them and it’s good for us. This kind of community is essential for strong and healthy churches. Are you a member of a spiritual squad?